Introduction: Dream baby dream: Bruce springsteeny's american serenade

Kenneth Womack, Jerry Zolten

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


There was a time when rock and roll was new, when the genre was not taken seriously in any quarter-not by parents, not by music critics, and certainly not by scholars. In a 1959 period piece, highly regarded jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather dismissed rock and roll as "coarse-grained" and "vulgar"-a genre that "said so much, so loudly, to so little artistic effect" and that, in the end, was a "passing fad" with "very few of the attributes of a valid art form" (66-67). Yet within a few years the winds would shift. A case in point is critic Robert Shelton's thoughtful 1961 New York Times review of a Bob Dylan performance that helped propel Dylan's career and signaled that pop music fare could and should be taken seriously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781317171164
ISBN (Print)9781409404972
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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